Fall Escapade 2001
|Our arrival into wild wonderful West Virginia was
greeted with a marvelous burst of sunshine as we passed
64 Welcome Center and left the fog behind. Although we hadn't
seen many rigs since leaving Staunton Virginia earlier in the morning,
the last few miles before our exit onto US. 219 revealed that others,
indeed, were also heading for the Escapade.
Report and pictures
Bonnie and John Rupprecht
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the mailing requested, we stopped and unhitched the toad on the
outskirts of Lewisburg and followed the directions and smiling
voice on the CB radio talk-in channel 4 to the
Fairgrounds. Bonnie and I had never been to a major SKP event before
and thus were totally unaware of what to
expect as we neared the site. The anticipated
traffic headaches were non-existent. The parking crew had us routed
off the highway and through the fairground's maze of roads to our
parking site, in what seemed like mere moments. As soon as our
wheels stopped, we were greeted, hugged, and given our registration
Our home for the next 5
days was along side the beautiful new Youth Center building
conveniently near the hub of activities to be found around the
Grandstand, West Virginia Hall and Annex, and the Outdoor Market and
Chapter Row area.
the registration we were greeted as "first-timers" with blue
escapade ribbons and given our "goody bags". The mail
center was open and surprised us with our package of forwarded Mail that
had already arrived.
The next few hours were spent walking and examining the some of the
offerings of the Indoor and Outdoor Market areas as well as Chapter Row.
Helpful volunteers were everywhere in their red "Ask Me" vests
if we had any questions. Our Blue Escapade Ribbons identified us
as first-timers and numerous passers-by made it a point to welcome us
and offer hugs.
A special gathering was
held on Sunday afternoon for first timers where information was
distributed and the coming weeks events were discussed, including the
importance of attending the week-long nightly door prize awards at
Four O-clock Sunday afternoon found
everyone gathered in the West Virginia Hall
for a special "Kick-Off" grand
prize of a lengthy Mexican Caravan followed by
the official Opening Ceremony and
parade of the attending Chapters and BOF Banners.
Leading off the parade of banners was the New
York Chapter, which received a wonderful ovation.
The opening nights Ice Cream
Social was well attended and a real tribute to the sweet tooth of the
SKP's in attendance, who enjoyed the Klondike Bars and the music
provided by the resident DJ.
With the exception of
rain and showers on Monday, the weather was bright and sunny through
out the week, Following Sunday's warm pleasant conditions, the
temperature turned cooler and became very pleasant by week's end.
Daily activities started
bright and early each day promptly at the advertised time. The
published starting time for each activity or seminar was closely
observed and the resulting classes ran very smoothly and the negative
impact of tardiness was not evidenced. Bonnie and I had
pre-registered for two different driving courses and we were both very
satisfied with the instructions received. As is the case with
other events we have attended, it seemed that we encountered several
seminars that conflicted time-wise with others we were anxious to
attend throughout the week. As was mentioned at the opening
session, this could not be avoided, but we would have another reason
to attend next years SKaPade. Our daily free time was spent
throughout the week returning to the market areas and seeking
information on the various SKP park locations and BOF groups.
Chapter Row proved to be a great place to make new friends and bump
into the old ones.
activities scheduled left precious little time to explore the area
off-site from the Fairgrounds. Dining opportunities abounded in
the Lewisburg area and we enjoyed meeting both old and new friends
alike at dinner before rushing back to the Door Prize event so ably
managed by Scot and Karen Bonis, a very entertaining couple indeed.
Evening entertainment concluded each days activities with several
venues offering different options, depending on your tastes. We
were pleasantly surprised with the caliber of entertainment of our SKP
members as evidenced at the Ham-o-rama talent show held Wednesday
week went very quickly and before we knew it, it was time for the final
session of Door Prizes and closing ceremonies, followed Thursday evening
with a Dance Party featuring Sundown Express.
morning found the remaining SKP's enjoying the hitch-up breakfast,
exchanging addresses, and bidding each other farewell before tending to
the chore of preparing to hit the road.
Clubhouse | Fall Escapade 2001